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Thecus N5550 Review reported at 11:47 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: HardwareHeaven
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Consider that it has great functionality, excellent build quality and good performance and we have a decent value proposition here... a well-rounded product overall.
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SanDisk Ultra Plus Review reported at 11:45 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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The Ultra Plus SSD is unusual for having a quad-channel Marvell SS889175 controller but making up for the lack of controller channels by using some of its MLC memory in SLC mode. And, according to our tests, this solution can be praised not only for being innovative. It is no flagship product and is not positioned as such but it looks competitive as an entry-level SSD. It is comparable to the Plextor M5S, Corsair Neutron and OCZ Vertex 4 in average performance. It copes well with typical PC loads, slowing down just a little if used as a system disk. The SanDisk Ultra Plus comes with a standard 3-year warranty but the nCache technology can be expected to make its service life longer compared to its competitors.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Review reported at 11:42 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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Quoting bare numbers, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB is 30% more expensive than the ex-flagship GeForce GTX 680 in terms of recommended price and is an average 30% faster. So, everyone involved, meaning Nvidia and gamers, get his 30% and everyone should be happy. On the other hand, the GeForce GTX 780 announcement doesn't trigger on a change in GPU generations. The higher performance comes at a higher price while the GeForce GTX 680 doesn't leave the market as far as we know.
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Asus P8Z77-V Review reported at 11:38 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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As for advantages, the ASUS P8Z77-V comes with numerous accessories, has a user-friendly PCB design and offers a lot of capabilities. Its advanced digital power system SMART Digi+, working together with the Dual Intelligent Processors 3 technology, provides flexible voltage regulation options, which is important for good overclocking. The mainboard allows using a CPU-integrated graphics core but you can also run one or several discrete graphics cards, combining them in AMD CrossFireX or NVIDIA SLI configurations. The P8Z77-V features additional SATA 6 Gbit/s and USB 3.0 controllers. It has handy Q-DIMM and Q-Slot connectors, Q-LED indicators, MemOK! and USB BIOS Flashback technologies. Its capabilities would have made it a flagship product just a few years ago, but now you can get all this with a basic mainboard, which the least advanced of ASUS’s top-end Z77-based offers. It is also the first time we see such a humble product support wireless technologies. Thus, the P8Z77-V is going to make an optimal choice for many categories of users.
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be quiet Pure Power CM L8 Review reported at 11:27 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: KitGuru
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A very capable little power supply targeting the budget audience.
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Budget Case Roundup reported at 11:26 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Hardware.Info
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It's clear that there's lots of variety in the entry-level segment of computer chassis. We also learned that you probably shouldn't use a cheap chassis if you plan on building a demanding system and you want your components to last as long as possible. If you want to spend as little as possible, the 35 euro Bitfenix Merc Beta is the best choice from the selection we tested, and it gets the Bronze Award. If you want good cooling and also USB 3.0, you'll have to pay a little more.
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MSI Z87 MPower MAX Review reported at 11:03 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PureOverclock.com
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If you are looking for an exceptional performance to value ratio motherboard with excellent features and software, the MSI Z87 MPower will easily meet those demands.
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Thermaltake NiC F4 Review reported at 11:01 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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As a budget to mid range CPU cooler the Thermaltake NiC F4 does a good job of meeting the needs of an overclocker or enthusiast who wants 100% RAM compatibility. However, as our results demonstrate the performance is just average on both the thermal and acoustic fronts. If anyone bought this CPU cooler they’d have nothing to complain about from the product itself, its problem rests on the fact other CPU coolers can be had for the same money that do the same job better. With such a fiercely competitive CPU cooler market, every degree counts, and I was really expecting more performance from the Thermaltake NiC F4.
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MSI GTX 770 N770 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Review reported at 10:55 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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Overall, the card deliver the best GTX 770 experience--in my opinion. If you gave me 500 bucks to buy a graphics card, I would buy the MSI GTX 770 TF Gaming and party away the rest of the money.
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MSI Z77A-G45 Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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If you are looking for overclocking or lots of storage you will do better to cross this motherboard off your shortlist. If (as the name suggests) you are a gaming enthusiast, and you are looking for a feature rich motherboard that won't break the bank, then the MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING motherboard is a worthy contender. After a giving a lot of thought to the individual ratings, I have decided to give the MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING motherboard the Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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Asus Maximus VI Hero Review reported at 10:49 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Overclockers Club
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When you get to the end of the rainbow you have a board with ASUS ROG pedigree encompassing a full-on ROG gaming centric software and hardware package, and features the great looks of its predecessors with performance to match. At $229 ASUS is making a statement that everyone can get into an ROG board.
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